Describe your experience working with your director, Rachel Stevens.
Rachel had such an incredible energy while leading the cast through the show. Her and Alivia worked so well as a team, and they were so fun to have in the room together. Rachel has a deep passion for this show and for her work, and it absolutely shows. Every rehearsal was full of dense discussion on our text, and her wealth of knowledge in the material was very infectious. Good directors ask the right questions, and Rachel does exactly that. She's a total powerhouse, and I'm so very honored and thankful to have been able to work with her here at Front Porch Theatricals!
What special preparation have you undertaken to understand your character? Have you ever played someone like him?
As the reporters, we had a tricky job of maneuvering through many different "shells" of characters. One scene, I'm a local Kentuckian in Barren County, and then a few scenes later I'm a director's assistant, right into being a reporter, etc. It's been a great stretch to have to be so malleable, and yet also be very clear and concise with each character.
How do you feel about working with a cast size of 13, versus smaller or larger casts you have worked with in the past?
The cast size has been great! It's one of the smaller ones I've been in in the last few years, and I think I'm slowly starting to prefer it. It's just enough for everyone to have their own individual attention and energy in the room, and not too many that some people get lost.
This is your first time working with Front Porch Theatricals. Why did you decide to come out and audition for them, and how is that experience going so far?
I've loved my time here! Since moving to Pittsburgh to attend Point Park, I've seen almost all of Front Porch Theatricals shows while I've been in the city. It's been a great experience finally being able to be on the other side of the stage! The producers have been so fun, and Rachel and Alivia are such an awesome pair. I'm also super excited to be able to perform in the New Hazlett, I think it's an incredible space with so many possibilities.